Job vacancy: EARA life science-focused Events & Project Officer

Job Title: EARA life science-focused Events & Project Officer

Working For: European Animal Research Association

Location: Home-based (in Europe), with some travel

Salary: This is a part-time position, salary 30,000 - 35,000 euros pro rata (three days a week), depending on experience. This will be a one-year contract with the possibility of extension to a full-time position.


Job Details

EARA is a communications and advocacy organisation whose mission is to uphold the interests of biomedical research and healthcare development, in the use of animals for research. EARA provides a platform, across Europe and beyond, for the public and other external stakeholders to be informed and learn about the role of animals in scientific research and its benefits and limitations. Being a membership organisation with a global reach, EARA also encourages the creation and development of national networks of stakeholders and improves the co-ordination between them.


Principal duties:

As part of the communications team, and under the management of the EARA executive director, the principal duties will be to develop events to engage with EARA stakeholders and member institutions on public engagement projects and training and development workshops. The role will be part of the communications function of EARA and the successful applicant will also contribute to this work.


Project responsibilities will include:


EARA Openness Events: Manage the delivery of panel discussions in European countries on how to improve openness in communications about animal research with the general public, political decision makers, and opinion formers.


EARA online media training workshops Plan the arrangements for online webinars which seek to give participants expert advice on how to better communicate the research they carry outand prepare for and manage a crisis communications situation.


EARA website study on institutional openness: Conduct an institutional study on openness and transparency on the use of animals for scientific use.


EARA global social media: Assist the EARA Communications and Engagement Officer in the delivery of our global social media event, #BOARD22, in June 2022.


Support for the EARA communications team: Maintaining databases (CRM, Mailchimp etc), writing case studies or short news articles and social media and website posting.


Person Specifications

Required experience:

- An academic background in the life sciences, or health, or science communications to degree level

- Experience of stakeholder engagement and project management, including report writing

- An understanding of the scientific, ethical and moral justification for animal research

- Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal

- Written and verbal competency in another European language

- Experience in a range of communications skills

- Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time

- Experience of digital content planning, scheduling and posting on social media platforms


Additional desirable requirements:

- Able to work occasional evenings and weekends

- Experience of running online or hybrid events

- Willing to undertake travel in Europe for face-to-face events and conferences

- Experience of database systems for customer relationship management


Closing Date: 11 February 2022


Interview/Start Dates

The application deadline is 1700 GMT.

Interviews will take place in February. Please also give an indication of when you would be available to start work.


Application Details

Please email your CV and an accompanying cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification to kleech@eara.eu with the subject heading ‘EARA Events & Project Officer’. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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